Best fitness deals and wearable offers for Black Friday 2016 including Fitbit, Garmin, Withings and more

Looking to get fit before 2016’s festive blowout? We’ve got all the wearable and other fitness-related tech a guy or gal could need.

Keep this page bookmarked as it will be regularly updated.

Check out T3’s Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals hub page for even more tech-based inexpensiveness fun.

Are you gold mad? Then have we got a round of deals for you. American Golf is offering a deal on the TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver (£179) and TaylorMade AeroBurner Fairway Wood (£129) clubs. Buy them on their own or pick them up as a pair for £249 – saving £60!

Or how about the TaylorMade AeroBurner HL Irons Steel 5-SW for £299.99 – that’s an incredible £80 off!

Looking for a new golf bag? American Golf is selling the Wilson Staff Stand Bag for only £59.99 – that saving nets you a tidy £20. Fore!

Also from American Golf – the FootJoy AQL Shoes are now £49.99 (that’s £20 off); the FootJoy GreenJoys 2016 Shoes are down to £39.99 (down from £44.99) and it’s three for two on white Callaway Warbird Plus 12 Ball Packs (£11.99 each).

AG is even selling the golf-minded Garmin Approach S2 GPS Watch for only £89.99 in all its variants – a saving of £30!

American Golf is offering 40% off the Nike Golf Storm Fit Waterproof Suit – that’s the price slashed from £99.99 to £59.99. Take a swing at a bargain!

John Lewis has savings from £50 to £250 on Apple Watch edition 1. It’s not waterproof but it’s still an excellent wearable, with surprisingly accurate heart-rate tracking.

Apple also has deals on specific models of the Apple Watch 1, with a £20 Apple Store voucher thrown in as a further inducement.

Reebok ZR8 Treadmill. This has got to be the deal of the day for runners, with £550 off leaving it at just £349.99 at Amazon. With 15 levels of incline and 24 preset programmes, it’s a very decent treadmill, too.

Garmin Forerunner 230. A bit of a steal at £159 (£50 off), this watch is no longer quite at the cutting edge perhaps, but it’s only a year old and still an excellent bit of kit, though you’ll need a heart-rate chest strap to get the most out of it.

Excitingly, the same deal is on offer at both Currys and also  Online titan Amazon. Take your pick, punters.

Garmin’s much chunkier Fenix 3 multi-activity tracking watch is £85 off at John Lewis. The price to you, sir? £289.99.

John Lewis has the TomTom Touch, which tracks your body fat percentage by touch alone, £30 off at £99. That’s another excellent device. If you’re more of a golfing man, its Golfer 2 course mapping and round tracking watch is £50 off.

Judging by the size of the discount, Polar’s A360 maybe hasn’t been hurtling off the shelves to date, but it’s a very decent fitness band.

Waterproof and able to track your pulse, the A360 offers training tips and rates your workout for hardness.

Feel the burn with £60 off at Currys, where it’s £99.50.

Withings is offering ‘up to 70%’ off its various fitness and health-related products. The catch is that you need to be a registered Withings user to get the full benefit. Watch out for an email from them, for details and to pre-register your interest.

Best home and kitchen deals from Black Friday to Cyber Monday including Nest, Oral-B, Nutribullet, Krups and more

In the market for a new connected camera or coffee machine? Dreaming of a white goods Christmas? You’ve come to the right place.

The best Dyson deals for Black Friday.

We’ll be updating regular like, so keep checking back. Obviously, there are a billion deals out there right now, but we’ll sift through to find the cream of the crop: big brands with big discounts.

The rest of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, from mobiles to cameras to audio to laptops.

Shoot on over to John Lewis and nab yourself an Amazon Echo Smart Speaker with Voice Recognition & Control for only £119.95.

 John Lewis is also selling the Amazon Echo Dot Smart Device with Voice Recognition & Control for a tidy £39.95! BARGAIN ALERT!

Do you like tools? Of course you do. Wickes has a cracker of deal for you this Black Friday. Customers can save £10 off a minimum spend of £50 and £20 off a spend of £100, both in store and online, using the codes BLACK10 and BLACK20.

Need more DIY deals? How about a Bosch 18V Li-ion Cordless Combi Drill (only £99.99), which comes with 241 accessories for all your screwdriving, hammering and drilling needs.

Grab a Roomba 960 for under £500 from Hughes.co.uk – just add the code roomba10 at the checkout and clean up this SUPER DEAL. You can also invest in a clever little Roomba 880 for £349.99 from John Lewis.

Buy a PicoBrew home brewing kit today for $799 (£643) from PicoBrew.com and you’ll get a free Brewing Keg and Stingray IPA pack (worth $130/£105). Just the the code #PicoBF at the checkout.

John Lewis has the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation, Copper) going for as little as £169  (that’s a saving of £30).

Amazon Echo. Deal of the day! Amazon’s Echo is £30 off at £119.99 , or, if you already have a speaker, get the Amazon Echo Dot at just £39.99 – a tenner off. 

John Lewis has a classic Kitchenaid mixer for just £299, that’s £150 off. It’s the one used on Great British Bake Off, so, you know…

Also at the nation’s favourite middle-class store are a number of blenders, with perhaps the best deal being the Bosch one that’s had £80 knocked off, leaving it at just £39. Yes, 39 quid!

Want to prepare food like you’re from the future, or the 1970s? The Samsung MC28H5013AS microwave is half price at a tasty, but uncooked-looking £132.

AEG STM6201-U UltraMix Pro Hand Blender is a fantastic device that we’ve used many a time. It’s £15 off and well worth it at £55 

Moto Z, Moto Z Force to Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat This Week

Moto Z, Moto Z Force to Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat This WeekAfter the start of the Android 7.0 Nougat update global rollout for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones, the Android 7.0 Nougat update will soon start rolling out to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The company in a blog post on Monday made the announcement that Android 7.0 Nougat will roll out to Moto Z and Moto Z Force globally beginning this week. Users can manually check the update via Settings > About Phone > System updates. Motorola had promised the Android N update for the Moto Z family in September, saying it would roll out by Q4 2016.

Unfortunately, the company hasn’t provided the official changelog for the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the smartphones. Motorola however stresses that with the upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be compatible with Daydream, which is Google’s platform for mobile VR.

The company stresses that the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will become “first smartphones from another manufacturer to be recognised by Google as Daydream-ready devices.”
To experience Daydream, users will however need a Daydream compatible headset – for now, Google’s own Daydream View VR headset and controller, available at Verizon, Best Buy, and the Google Store in the US.
Some of the Moto-specific updates that were detailed for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, beyond what Android 7.0 Nougat brought, included a new Moto action called Swipe to shrink the screen. On the Moto G4 Plus, the company added a new setting to disable and enable locking the screen when the screen is on and when the user touches the fingerprint sensor.

To recall, the Moto Z was launched in India last month at Rs. 39,999.

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Demonetisation: Prasad, Goyal Discuss Strategy to Boost Cashless Transactions

Demonetisation: Prasad, Goyal Discuss Strategy to Boost Cashless TransactionsTop ministers on Monday held deliberations to firm up a strategy to fast-track adoption of cashless transactions in the wake of the government withdrawing the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes.

According to official sources, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday met to discuss a strategy to accelerate adoption of cashless transactions in the system to tide over the current crisis.

Others present at the meeting included IT secretary, CEO of Common Services Centre and DG NIC, and officials from Aadhaar.

In the days that followed the announcement of scrapping of the high-value notes, there have been serpentine queues at ATMs and banks as people scrambled to exchange and withdraw cash, especially Rs. 100 notes.

“While the queue in urban India is reducing, there are concerns over measures that need to be taken to address the situation in rural India, especially in the wake of the sowing season… In this context, it was felt that CSCs can play a major role to address the needs in rural India. As many as 30,000 CSCs with banking correspondents status have expressed willingness to take on this responsibility,” they said.

Mobile wallet companies like Paytm and MobiKwik have seen manifold growth in transactions and even new users are coming on board to tide over the cash crunch.

The government has been pushing for adoption of digital payment in the country where there is low penetration of plastic money.

According to an Assocham-RNCOS joint study, the mobile payment transaction volume is now likely to register a compounded growth rate of over 90 percent to reach 153 billion by 2021-22. This is against a meagre 3 billion transactions in 2015-16.

With over one billion mobile subscribers, India has a promising potential for Internet on mobile and the same is expected for payments and business transactions on mobile.

Learn Digital and Social Media Marketing Courses For Limitless Benefits

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Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5 Billion Deal

Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5 Billion DealSiemens agreed to buy US-based Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion (roughly Rs. 30,452 crores) cash deal that will further enhance the German engineering group’s industrial software capabilities.

Siemens said on Monday it would pay $37.25 per share for Mentor Graphics, which makes software for designing semiconductors, a 21 percent premium to Friday’s closing price.

Siemens Chief Executive Joe Kaeser has set out to reshape the group, a household name in Germany, to make it more profitable and more agile by selling off non-core businesses and investing in areas promising faster growth and fatter margins.

One such area is software where Siemens increasingly competes with firms that can develop technology faster because that is their sole focus. Earlier this year, Siemens bought CD-adapco, a privately held US engineering software firm, for close to $1 billion.

Siemens said last week that it planned a public listing of its $15 billion healthcare business, which pushed its shares to a 16-year high as investors hoped for an injection of capital to boost its valuation while funding new investments.
Wilsonville, Oregon-based Mentor Graphics “will complement our strong offering in mechanics and software with design, test and simulation of electrical and electronic systems,” Siemens management board member Klaus Helmrich said in a statement.

People familiar with the matter had flagged the planned deal to Reuters, saying Siemens would pay $4.5 billion to $4.6 billion for Mentor.

Benifits expected
Siemens said it expected the acquisition to add to its earnings per share within three years and to lift earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) by more than EUR 100 million ($108 million or roughly Rs. 731 crores) within four years.
Siemens shares traded 1.3 percent higher at 0900 GMT (2:30am IST).

The US firm generated revenues of around $1.2 billion in its fiscal year through the end of January, with an adjusted operating margin of 20.2 percent.

Mentor has been under pressure since activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp reported an 8.1 percent stake in the company in September and said its shares were deeply undervalued.

It had been no stranger to activist investors or takeover offers over previous years.

Billionaire activist Carl Icahn won a proxy fight in 2011 that secured him three board seats, although he quit his investment in the company in April after six years. Mentor Graphics also fended off a hostile takeover by rival Cadence Design Systems Inc in 2008.

OnePlus 3T Launch Teaser Hints at Flagship’s Design and Name

OnePlus 3T Launch Teaser Hints at Flagship's Design and NameThe OnePlus 3T has been leaked several times by now and has even made appearance at benchmark websites – ahead of its anticipated launch on Tuesday. Interestingly, all the rumours until now have suggested that the smartphone will bear the same design as current flagship by the company. Now, it seems like the company has confirmed this long-standing rumour with a teaser about the launch of its upcoming smartphone.

The teaser posted by OnePlus on Chinese website Weibo shows a OnePlus 3 smartphone placed in front of a mirror that reflects an image with the character ‘T’ imprinted on it. This teaser seemingly confirms that the smartphone will be similar to OnePlus 3 in terms of design but will carry the character ‘T’ in its name. Beneath this image, the company has given a tagline that says “To be a better me.”

OnePlus has already confirmed earlier this month, through its Twitter account, that its upcoming device will pack Snapdragon 821 processor and will be launched on November 15. Earlier leaks have suggested that the OnePlus 3T will come with Sony’s latest IMX398 sensor onboard. It is further expected to sport an Optic AMOLED display and run on Android 7.0 Nougat-based OxygenOS. It is expected to house a large 3300mAh battery.

The Snapdragon 821 chipset on the smartphone will be paired with 6GB of RAM and the smartphone is tipped to come in storage options of 32GB and 64GB. The OnePlus 3T is expected to be priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,100) – $80 more than the OnePlus 3, which is priced at Rs. 27,999 in India.

As all these leaked specifications have not been confirmed by the company, we will have to wait till the official announcement by the company. However, as the launch is scheduled to be on Tuesday, we will not have to wait long for the confirmation.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications

Asus ZenFone 3 Max Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More
ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) bears a 5.2-inch HD display
ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) bears a 5.5-inch full-HD display
The ZC520TL is available from Wednesday; ZC553KL by the end of month
Asus at an event in New Delhi on Wednesday launched the ZenFone 3 Max in India, in two variants. The 5.2-inch display version, with model name ZC520TL, is priced at Rs. 12,999, while the 5.5-inch display version, with model name ZC553KL, is priced at Rs. 17,999. The former will go on sale from Wednesday itself across physical stores and online marketplaces. The latter will become available to buy from the end of November. Both smartphones will be available in Glacier Silver, Sand Gold, and Titanium Gray colour variants.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) (seen above) and Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) (Review) (seen below) apart from sharing a similar design also bear a few common specifications, such as the large 4100mAh battery, hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) support, a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s ZenUI 3.0 skin on top.

 

The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) bears a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T SoC with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) bears a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. It sports 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Connectivity options on the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Micro-USB, and FM radio. It sports a accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The smartphone measures 149.5×73.7×8.55mm and weighs 148 grams.
The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) on the other hand sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash, apart from an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide-angle lens.

The 32GB of inbuilt storage on the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The smartphone weighs 175 grams, and measures 151.4×76.24×8.3mm. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB, and FM radio. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor.

As we mentioned, the highlight of the ZenFone 3 Max is its large 4100mAh battery, which also helps the smartphone double up as a power bank. On the 5.5-inch variant, the battery is rated to deliver up to 38 days of 4G standby time, and up to 17 hours of 3G talk time, while the 5.2-inch variant will see the same battery deliver up to 30 days of 4G standby time, and 20 hours of 3G talk time.

Prisma Can Now Apply Video Art Filters to Your Facebook Live Stream

Prisma Can Now Apply Video Art Filters to Your Facebook Live Stream
Support not added on Android as of now
Company planning to bring GIFs to the app going ahead
Facebook announced its own similar feature last month
Last month, Facebook revealed at a WSJD Live event that the company is working on a technology that allows users to apply filters like Prisma to its live videos in real time using artificial intelligence. At the time, it seemed like an impressive feat as Prisma usually takes some time to apply effects to images as well as short video clips. Prisma on Tuesday launched support for Facebook Live videos with its latest update to its iOS app, at roughly the same time Facebook said it was rolling out style transfer filters to Facebook Live with its Caffe2Go AI platform.

Prisma v2.8, listed on the App Store, enables the photo-filter app to apply its famous filters to video streaming. This means that the app now allows users to apply filters to images, short video clips, 360-degree videos, and live videos. Users will need to be signed into their Facebook account on the iOS app to access the Facebook Live streaming feature.

Notably, the support for live videos has currently made way to only iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s due to the hardware requirements for the processing. The support for live videos has not made its way to Android as of now and the company has not announced any plans regarding its rollout.

According to a report by The Next Web, the company is also planning to bring support for GIFs going ahead.

It will be interesting to see how soon Facebook responds to the latest update from Prisma, and whether it will change its strategy of a phased rollout for Caffe2Go accordingly. We will have to wait and see what the company’s next move will be.

How to Recover From an Enterprise Server Hack

With enterprise hacks on the rise, organizations must be vigilant in recovering their assets. Failure to do so will inevitably result in financial losses, tarnished reputations, and official penalties.

A PwC report revealed that there was an 81% increase in enterprise security hacks. It further informed that adversaries targeted servers in all business places, small and large, and that no one is safe from malware infiltrations.

Enterprise organizations in particular deal with structural challenges that SMBs may not have to encounter, such as multiple solutions offered in different countries, diverse customer base, secret internal units and, most important of all, ever-increasing business data. Therefore, they risk greater losses when a server breach goes by undetected.

And while enterprise IT stakeholders acknowledge there isn’t a foolproof measure to safeguarding enterprise data, most of them agree that organizations should know how to recover from a server hack so that they can take adequate measures as soon as a breach occurs. On that account, here are some solutions that will aid the recovery efforts of an enterprise.

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  1. Learn About Reliable Recovery Vendors

It’s a smart move to know about superior resources for RAID repair, hard drive recovery, data tape recovery and various server recovery solutions in advance. Server data recovery by Secure Data Recovery and other reliable vendors offer convenient access to robust technology. Organizations can leverage such resources immediately if they know who to call in various server data loss scenarios. Their goal is to minimize stress while recovering as much data as possible. Once called, experts will conduct several tests to locate potential data loss resources and then issue an evaluation report with a quote.

  1. Analyze Your Logs & Backups

It’s likely that your IT department created some backups for the main servers to assure a quick recovery, in case the server was infiltrated by a malware or an intelligent hack with the aim to render the system useless or damage the entire network, as is the case in most instances. Logs will aid not only in recovery but allow the IT department to detect and compare system and network processes before and after the attack. Logs can reveal valuable information about DNS (domain name system), firewall, web servers and other things related to security, which may help figure out the gaps that lead to the breach. As a result, IT departments can close loopholes to prevent repetition.

  1. Do a Server Hack Postmortem with a Third-Party

A server hack postmortem might show additional ways to use information technology in a better way. Antimalware tools, anti-phishing polices and other processes can work together to protect your business. Data handling and backup procedures can also be revisited during the postmortem to execute recovery efforts and improve upon the existing recovery processes. You can even bring in a third-party IT professional who specializes in gap analysis to conduct a post-breach audit of the company’s data handling procedures. The breach happened on your IT department’s watch, so they may have a vested interest in being with your company, and may not reveal all details as a result. A third-party specialist will help you discover what was compromised and how was it compromised, identify vulnerabilities, suggest recovery measures, and advice on how to prevent such incidents in the future.

With these tips, you can recover from server hacks and reduce your financial losses.